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02 Jan 12 21:09
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Anyone got one of these or ever used one?
Ive recently moved into a new apartment and dont have enough space to have a board on the wall, was looking at the Unicorn Dartmate it is £140 but seems the only way i could play at home.

Just wondering what peoples thoughts are on it.
Im just wanting a portable stand but with a backboard and this is the only one i have found.

Any help/information much appreciated.

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Report DartsnBooze January 3, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
Hi Matty. I played on one with the big man from the darkside during a charity event. The only problem being it didn't take us long to wear out the treble 20 Grin

The board's likely to wobble if someone's using the scoreboard during play as you can see, it's only on a tripod. Other than that it's rock solid.

Would i recommend it? YES!

It's an amazing concept and folds up into the size a brief case.

£140 seems a bit steep though? Good luck! Happy
Report mattyj3nks86 January 3, 2012 11:30 AM GMT
any idea where i could get one for cheaper than £140 then?
Report DartsnBooze January 3, 2012 12:45 PM GMT
Nothing on ebay. £144.99 seems to be the cheapest i've seen and comes with the pro eclipse dartboard. If ordered online p&p is extra.

Put a nail in the wall
Report mattyj3nks86 January 3, 2012 12:49 PM GMT
i dont have the space to have a board on the wall so cant do that, looks like i might just have to pay that price.
Report DartsnBooze January 3, 2012 2:35 PM GMT
Find a nail. Hammer time! Grin
Report DartsnBooze January 3, 2012 2:39 PM GMT
Get down the local boozer/club. Only costs the price of a fizzy beverage. In fact, staying in and paying £140 may prove cheaper in the long run and no hangover
Report DartsnBooze January 3, 2012 2:45 PM GMT
Do you play super league/county? Matt86, if that's your age (25/26) you should be going at it big time. I was on the big stage by 25. Now in the knackers yard Laugh

Keep enjoying your darts fella Cool
Report mattyj3nks86 January 3, 2012 3:18 PM GMT
i used to play midweek local pub darts but when i moved house i havent played for a few years and all the local pubs are abit too clicky to just go in and have a game.

im not very good but was wanting to play at home and then if i could get to a good enough standard i would go and see if there was a team to play for.

PS. yes that is my age, 25!
Report DartsnBooze January 3, 2012 3:35 PM GMT
You're at a good age Matty. My advice for what it's worth, go to the boozer and put your name down for a game and mix in with the lads n lasses.

Something i learnt from playing in a new pub was a fresh face was feared n frowned upon as the locals tried that bit more to stay top dog. After a day or two you'll be welcomed like an old friend and it won't matter how good the standard is.

If these players love their darts you'll be well accommodated. If not, they're utter ****s.

Darts is the best game in the world for socialising.

I can't think of anything better than having a true darting legend as a coach.

Bob Anderson's coaching weekends in Somerset for £400 (2 players) if that's your thing Grin
Report YCMMEI January 3, 2012 4:43 PM GMT
if you need a dartboard that dont take up space try the unicorn 'on tour' board

straps round a door, easy peasy
Report mattyj3nks86 January 3, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
the way my apartment is layed out it would be about hard to do that as there is not enough room near doors to actually throw.

I also think that there would be a few darts that would miss the board so would put holes in the door (i know how bad that sounds)
Report YCMMEI January 3, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
haha okay mate
Report DartsnBooze January 3, 2012 5:35 PM GMT
We all throw a wild dart oot the board, no worries there. And when you let kids loose, the wall looks like it's been pebble dashed! Confused

Matty, what you need is a bigger apartment Devil
Report mattyj3nks86 January 3, 2012 8:22 PM GMT
i wish, i would have to use this in the hallway and it would only leave 1-2cms either side so a real tight fit so not ideal, might just have to come to terms with the fact that i cant have one :(
Report Hamsterdam January 4, 2012 10:35 PM GMT
I'm in the same situation was looking at the on tour board but like the op I live in a rented apartment and don't want to put holes in the door.

The price of the dartmate is an absolute p!ss-take I can't justify paying that - plus I've heard it's not great quality wise takes ages to set up and shakes when the darts hit the board.

Any alternatives? Definitely a gap in the market for a cheaper alternative the dartmate.
Report YCMMEI January 4, 2012 10:55 PM GMT
D&B, speak for yourself Devil
Report DartsnBooze January 5, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
YCMMEI, not at all. I did say in a previous post it might wobble if someone's chalking while you throw.

I tested it out with The Undertaker as i put him through his paces Devil It was rock solid and passed with flying colours but the price is outrageous.

Think before buying a dartboard. I've 2 dartboards up and walls full of holes thanks to the young 'un, who after several years playing on a soft tip board wanted to play on the big board Grin
Report mattyj3nks86 January 5, 2012 9:33 AM GMT
Ive found a way to make one without the case and it will cost about £70 to make, its just the hassle of buying all the parts and giving it a go. I have found one other but it is £125 including the board and the surround, i just dont want to buy one that will wobble alot when playing.

When you say it wobbles is it the board that wobbles or the actual stand?
Report Hamsterdam January 5, 2012 7:34 PM GMT
I've just read you make one with a 30 pound tripod from maplins. DIY not my thing though. What a soft-tip boards like, shyte?
Report Hamsterdam January 5, 2012 7:35 PM GMT
Report DartsnBooze January 5, 2012 9:47 PM GMT
Ham, soft tip boards are ok but points forever getting damaged/bent. Often break when pulling darts out of board.

Soft tip darts is huge in america....
Report DartsnBooze January 5, 2012 9:53 PM GMT
Matt & ham, are there any trees near you? Stick a nail in the tree - Bingo! Grin

Will you chaps be removing the wires from your dartboards as bounce outs are inevitable?
Report mattyj3nks86 January 6, 2012 9:32 AM GMT
i will leave the wires in my board because the area around where the board would be is just carpet so should be ok.

I have found a smaller portable board which is the 'bulls portable dart board' its like the homemade one using the maplins stand but it costs £125.

I cant be bothered to make my own so am tempted to buy this one but im just not sure how much wobble there is on the board, looks like it it quick to assemble aswell
Report DartsnBooze January 6, 2012 2:44 PM GMT
Matt, keep checking for reviews on these products plus any feedback off here, Good luck mate Happy
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